Brass Teachers

MATT BILYK

Matt Bilyk has been teaching brass in the tri-state area for over 27 years. Matt holds a BA in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He has been an adjunct faculty member for many public and private schools throughout New Jersey, and he frequently serves as a clinician and festival adjudicator.

As a performer, Matt has performed with Broadway, regional and local theater pit orchestras, as well as with such performers and groups as Warren Vache, Bobby Rydell, The Duprees, Connie Francis, Joan Rivers, Joe Piscopo, Richie LaBamba, Frankie Ford, Sonny Tuner, Mel Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli, The Irish Tenors, The Walkmen, Bob Crosby and The Bob Cats, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the New York Voices, Charlie Calello and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Matt is currently on staff with the Encore Music Program in Ridgewood, Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale and Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts in New Providence.

JEANNE HOLDER

Jeanne received a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music where she majored in trombone and minored in piano and music education. She also has a Master’s Degree from Temple in Theory and Composition. She studied trombone with Carsten Svanberg, Glenn Dodson, and Roy Stevens, and piano with Lynne Howard and Polly McKeever. She has taught band, chorus, brass, and piano at several schools and colleges in Florida and New Jersey.

Jeanne is also an active performer, playing with the Livingood Big Band, St. John’s River City Brass Band, Jacksonville Symphony, Cathedral Brass, Goldman Band, and many others. She has many of free-lancing experience in Broadway shows, Dixieland, Big Band Jazz, cruise ships, recordings and tours.

Jeanne has been elected to the Board of Advisors for the International Trombone Association, has published several articles on teaching brass, conducted the North Jersey Area Band and Melbourne Municipal Band, and has been commissioned to write over 50 arrangements for various ensembles. In addition, she has run music festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada for the past three years.

ALEXANDER GERTNER French Horn • Trumpet

Alex Gertner is an instructor and freelance horn player residing in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University, his Master of Music from the University of Connecticut, and an Artist’s Diploma from Montclair State University. Alex plays in a variety of groups including symphonies, theatre pits, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles. He plays in several groups in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Alex played in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center, Symphony Space, Jorgensen Center, and the International Horn Symposium. As a soloist he performed at Carnegie Hall, Society of Musical Arts, and the Northeast Horn Workshop. He performed with artists Solomiya Ivakhiv, Dionne Jackson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Donny McCaslin, and The Machine. His teachers include Kyle Hoyt, Robert Hoyle, Patrick Smith, and Kate Sheeran. Gertner finds great joy in performing and in teaching new students.

KARL LYDEN Trombone

Karl Lyden is a trombonist and instructor originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is now based in the NY/NJ area. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he studied classical and jazz.

Karl completed a Master’s at New York University where he was an adjunct faculty instructor. Since then, Karl has been an active performing/recording artist with such bands as Streetlight Manifesto, Lawrence, and A Winged Victory of the Sullen. Karl has also held the trombone chair on several musicals (Broadway and off-Broadway) including 2 seasons of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Karl has taught for such organizations in New York City as the Harmony Program and Brooklyn Music School. He has also been teaching private trombone and bass guitar lessons for over 10 years.

Karl believes that music provides a positive creative outlet while improving self-discipline and coordination. His teaching style is grounded in fundamentals but also tailored to each student. Karl also has significant knowledge in composition and arranging that he can impart to students. Whether or not Karl’s students choose to pursue music as a career, he wants to help all of them realize their potential. In the end, the hope is that learning music will help students excel in academics and life.

GERALD McCONNELL

Gerald studied bass trombone with Dr. Robert Wigness at Montclair State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and performed with the MSU Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra. In May 2002, he traveled with the MSU Band to Russia, and played in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Saratov.

Originally from Ames, Iowa, he was a member of the 1990 Iowa All-State Orchestra and the 1991 All-State Band, and traveled to Europe as a member of the 1991 United States Collegiate Wind Band. He attended Iowa State University as a music major and studied with David Stuart. While at ISU he played in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, and other small ensembles.

From 1997 to 2001 Gerald served in the United States Air Force as an electronic technician working on B-52H Stratofortress bombers at Minot AFB in North Dakota. Since 2001 he has lived in Mountainside with his wife, Cathy.

PAUL MURPHY Trumpet • Trombone

Trumpeter Paul Murphy has worked frequently as a musician and educator at The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, and on Broadway. He has performed with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Knights, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and currently serves as Artistic Director for the chamber music collective Decoda—the only independent ensemble to be recognized as an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Passionate about drawing others deeply into the art of music, he has served for over a decade on the teaching artist faculty of the New York Philharmonic, and was recently recognized as one of the inaugural recipients of the Yale Distinguished Teaching Artist Award. He teaches in the summer at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont.

Video: Meet trumpet teacher Paul Murphy

 

AUSTIN YEE Trumpet • Trombone • Baritone Horn • Piano

Austin is a graduate of Eastman School of Music, where he studied Music Education and Jazz Performance. During his time at Eastman, Austin played in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, performing at numerous events including the Rochester Jazz Festival. The group also participated in the Jack Rudin Championship. As a composer, Austin scored “Basie and the Trumpet” which was selected for the Rochester Fringe Festival. Austin won the 2021 Downbeat Award for Original Composition in Large Ensemble. He loves listening to and playing all types of music and is excited to be here at Elefante Music!